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Summary: Sexual Orientation and School Education

Summary: Sexual Orientation and School Education

The Scottish Government does not have information available on sexual orientation of pupils or teachers. No information is collected on the sexual orientation of pupils or teachers.

  • Stonewall's survey on the experience of young people in secondary schools in 2017, found that in 52% of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) pupils report having been bullied.
  • Stonewall's survey found that 41% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) pupils reported not being taught about LGBT issues in school or college

External SourceSchool Report Scotland (Stonewall Scotland, 2017)

This research has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the results are hosted on an external website and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers.


Useful Links

Sexual Orientation Page

School Education Page

Publications and Outputs

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site. The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

External Publications and Outputs

Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People (LGBT Youth Scotland, 2018) Analysis from a survey of LGBT young people in Scotland, covering homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, discrimination, hate crime, transport, education, health and work.

School Report Scotland 2017 (Stonewall Scotland, 2017) A survey of LGBT young people's experiences of secondary education including bullying, how schools responded, teaching, and support.

Inequality among lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender groups in the UK: A review of evidence (Government Equalities Office, July 2016) A review of evidence to identify the inequality and disadvantage experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK.

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying: Review (Department for Education, 2014) Research into how to prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools. It includes a review of existing literature, and a mixed methods study of teachers and pupils

The Teacher Report: Homophobic Bullying in Scotland's Schools (2014) A Stonewall survey of primary and secondary teachers, looking at their experiences of homophobic bullying in their schools, and the inclusion of sexual orientation issues in the classroom.

How Fair is Britain?: Report of EHRC first triennial review (EHRC, 2011) This Equality and Human Rights review aims to provide an authoritative compilation of the available evidence about equalities in England, Scotland and Wales against 40 indicators agreed by the Commission, the government and other key agencies. It brings together the facts about the experiences and outcomes in life of different individuals and groups. It draws on a range of sources including censuses, government surveys, academic work, and secondary analysis carried out especially for this Review.

External Research Organisations

Equality Network - Works for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) equality and human rights in Scotland

Stonewall Scotland - LGBT research and publications.



School Education